Expert-KR was established in 2015 by an initiative of the Union of Responsible Citizens NGO, and originally funded through the grant program of the Ukrainian Confidence Building Initiative (UCBI), and by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
“Expert-KR” is an officially registered news agency.
From the beginning, the news platform has been financially supported by sponsors, in particular, the Charitable Foundation “Civic Initiative for the Residents of Kryvbas”, the Charity Fund of Konstantin Karamanits, as well as the four entrepreneurs who today constitute the Council of Founders: Oleksandr Kozachenko, Yuriy Milobog, Svetlana Sova, and Volodymyr Shablovsky.
From April 2017 to September 2018, Expert-KR’s activities were supported through a grant from the European Endowment For Democracy.
In October 2018, we began cooperating with the National Endowment For Democracy, which awards us grants.
Spectators continue to be donors toward the development of the media platform, and we are also developing crowdfunding projects for raising funds.
In September 2017 – February 2018, Expert-KR, with the support of the US Embassy’s Media Development Fund in Ukraine, implemented a training project for journalists from Kryvyi Rih called MediaExpert.
In January-March 2017, Expert-KR participated in Internews’ and the Internews-Ukraine’s Small Grants Program with the support of the Government of Canada.
From April 2017 to August 2018, Expert-KR participated in the Voice of Local Media project from the Thomson Foundation and the International Institute for Regional Media and Information funded by the European Union.
Within the framework of cooperation with the Thomson Foundation, Expert-KR won a competition for the creation of two documentaries on the socio-political situation in Armenia, “Being 20” and “Corruption”.
Starting in September 2018, we began implementing a factcheck project “Truth Percentage”, checking public statements of officials and deputies. The project is being implemented with the support of the US Embassy’s Media Development Fund in Ukraine.
In April 2016, the news agency received its first prize in the contest “The Best Media Material on the Positive History of Immigrants” organized by Internews-Ukraine, with the support of the United Nations Development Program in Ukraine and the Government of Japan.
In September 2016, one of the projects “Expert-KR” entered the shortlist of the short film festival “Civic Projector” (Mykolaiv).
In October 2016, the Expert-KR’s journalistic team was featured in the regional “Life from a New Page” contest held under the United Nations Development Program and with the support of the Government of Japan.
In various projects, we cooperate with NGOs and volunteers.
By combining the professional work of journalists, video producers and experts involved in various fields and environments, the Expert-KR news agency consistently and qualitatively provides objective, impartial, and relevant analytical and informational products to Kryvyi Rih.